Above Blue

Above Blue


What did your stay at Messen mean for your artistic work?
A stay at Messen gave me the opportunity to explore the region for making my photographic art work. In general: travelling and staying for a while in another place is valuable for me to broaden my view and to create my own photographic world.

What were the results?
I created new photographic work.  Back home I developed my films and made small prints. From a selection a made five photographic prints of one square meter. These artworks are exhibit on a exposition of Noorderlicht. I hope this exposition will travel to Norway!

What, if it did, did your stay mean for you in your artistic work and development?
I had the time to absorb the study of light; especially the blue light. More over; during my stay there were artist who also where interested in the phenomenon of blue light. That was very interesting and inspiring for me (explored new literature and new ways of thinking/seeing)

What did your stay do for your knowledge of Hardanger and Norway?
As a landscape photographer and social geographer I always explore the region. First on map and later in reality. Probably I have seen more of the Hardanger region then most inhabitants have…

How has the stay influenced your contact with other artists?
Very inspiring. Especial for the study of blue light, as I mentioned before. Hope to catch up again with some of the artist. Not only with the artists in the house, but also with artist who life in the region. Good reason to come back once again.


Ellen de Vries (the Netherlands) stayed at Messen during the summer of 2014.